jodorowsky on dune

Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s unmade movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is one of the all-time great “what ifs” in cinematic history, so I suppose it’s only natural that someone would ask him what he thinks about the new trailer that was released for Denis Villeneueve’s upcoming adaptation. And while Jodorowsky had some nice things to say about his fellow director, it also sounds like he was a little underwhelmed by what he saw in the trailer. Read More »

Jodorowsky 4K Restoration Collection Clip

ABKCO Films’ Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection arrives this week, and in honor of the massive box set, we’re debuting an exclusive clip featuring the filmmaker discussing his film Fando y Lis. You can check out the clip below along with details on the box set, which includes Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain.

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Jodorowsky 4k box set

Alejandro Jodorowsky, the “father of the midnight movie,” is one of the best known surrealist filmmakers of the 20th century. In a five year period spanning from the late 1960s into the early 1970s, he released three films in a row that have been blowing minds for generations: Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain. Now, all three of those cult classics are getting released in 4K in a new box set, along with Jodorowsky’s most recent film, Psychomagic, A Healing Art. Get the details below.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky Kickstarter

Alejandro Jodorowsky is planning a new film, Endless Poetry, which will pick up where his last movie, Dance of Reality, left off. He’s raising funds for the project now, and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather some of the financing. He wants to “exchange your money into Poetic Money to make his latest film,” which sounds like a pretty good bargain. And if you’re wondering about the exchange rate on the poetic money market, it’s basically 1:1, and the director is actually printing “poetic money” to send to backers, which is pretty neat. More details are below. Read More »

new Jodorowsky film

We were pleasantly surprised when the last couple years saw the return of Alejandro Jodorowsky both as the subject of a film (Jodovowsky’s Dune) and as writer and director of his own new film, The Dance of Reality. Now there’s a new Jodorowsky film in the works, and it follows directly on the heels of the last, both as a project and a story. Endless Poetry will continue the film adaptation of the director’s book, which was also the basis of his last feature. Read More »

Dance Of Reality clip

Alejandro Jodorowsky is back on movie screens this year, and that’s a wonderful thing. The documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, chronicling the director’s ’70s attempt to film Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, has been making its way through art house theaters for a couple months. And now The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s first film as a director in over 20 years, is about to open.

Below, we’ve got an exclusive clip from The Dance of Reality, showing a funeral procession that is among the stranger funerals we’ve seen, but also one of the most oddly appealing. Read More »

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Decades ago the mad Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky spent a good deal of time and effort trying to film Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune. (This was years before David Lynch made his own adaptation.) Jodorowsky’s version of Dune never came to pass, but the people he assembled for the adaptation would go on to do other wonderful things (if they weren’t superstars already), and that particular incarnation of Dune stands as a legendary movie that could have been.

The documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune chronicles this attempt to make the movie, and landed on my “most anticipated of 2014” list thanks to rapturous reception at festivals such as Fantastic Fest. We’ve seen some footage from Jodorowsky’s Dune before, but a new trailer has just come online, thanks to the US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. Have a look at it below; if nothing else check out the opening, where Jodoroswsky explains his titanic ambitions for the film. It’s beautiful.

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The-Dance-Of-Reality-Trailer

One of my most anticipated films of the year is the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, about the effort by Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, El Topo) to film Frank Herbert’s titanic novel. 2014 will turn out to be a great year for fans of Jodorowsky, as we get not only that doc, but a new film from the director. It’s Jodorowsky’s first film in 23 years, and so The Dance of Reality is kind of a big deal.

The film was shot in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where Jodorowsky was born in 1929. The film is an autobiographical vision of sorts, as it blends “his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, reflecting Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.”

The film premiered at Cannes last year, and will soon play at SXSW, where the Chilean director will also do a Q&A. Yesterday it was announced that ABKCO Films will release the new movie in theaters in New York and LA on May 23, and it will expand to more theaters afterward.

Below, you can see the exclusive debut of the theatrical poster, and check out the trailer.  Read More »

One of the most exciting pieces of news to emerge from Cannes this week was the announcement of Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about the failed attempt by ambitious and very possibly insane Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to film Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune in the mid-’70s. The project has long stood as one of the great ‘films that never were.’ Just the idea of seeing the surviving participants talk about what the film might have been is exciting, and that’s what the doc offers — hopefully we’ll also see art and designs that have not previously been released.

So here’s the first promo video for the film, in which Alejandro Jodorowsky explains just how ambitious his plan for the movie really was.  Read More »

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It seems like this year’s Cannes festival is providing a more bountiful crop of new projects than normal, and this film might be one of the best, or at least one of the most exciting for sci-fi nerds. Emerging at the fest is a doc called Jodorowsky’s Dune, which seeks to tell the story of the attempt by wildman Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune in the mid-’70s.

Production designs (by artists like H.R. Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud) have floated around for years, but the full story of the film that never was has never quite been told. If you have even a passing interest in Dune or the development of sci-fi films, this doc should go on your watch list. Read More »